I was looking at a segment about Mr. Phelps and it described a normal day. One thing I noticed about him is that all that he does is in preparation of him being the best swimmer. The things he eats, the way he trains, the amount of rest that he gets is all in preparation of him being the best.
Not only Michael Phelps, but all of the Olympians go through so much to get a medal and to be called the best at what they do, and in another couple of years, someone younger, stronger and faster comes along and erases all of their records. My mind started wondering about how hard do believers work to become the best Christian that they can. Paul says in, 1 Cor 9:24-25, "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible."
We should work hard at being our best selves and being the best child of God that we can be. The prize that we obtain from winning this race is eternal and unchangeable. Many times we wont get the earthly accolades that many desire, but we will receive everlasting accolades from the Master when He says, "Well done, good and faithful servant!" So I encourage you child of God to "Fight the good fight of faith". The last part of the above passage says, "I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." Be Blessed!!!